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Gap of Dunloe in Ireland

By Zoe Smith, United Kingdom, October 2012

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Ranking high on Ireland’s list of natural wonders, the Gap of Dunloe (meaning “Lóich’s stronghold”), is one of the best places in Western Europe to experience a glacial valley, and it’s hard not to be enamored by the glittering river and immense rocky landscape. The gap, a narrow pathway jutting through the McGuillycuddy Reeks Mountains, formed some 2 million years ago by slow-moving ice dammed up between the mountain and runs for 11 km, winding between the Purple Mountain and the neighboring Bull Mountain. Most spectacular are the gap’s 5 lakes, including the Coosaun Lough and Black Lake, joined together by a ‘wishing bridge’ so called for its legendary ability to bring wishes to fruition.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Ireland Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Ireland.

Photo courtesy of donnasheets via Flickr.

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